|No-circ book signed by Stern.|
An anti-circumcision satire book, autographed on its cover by Jewish circumcision critic Howard Stern, is being auctioned off on eBay in time for holiday gift giving. The book, I Want My Foreskin For Giftmas, was brought to Stern’s studio by guest Ron Low back in March. Low, who has twice appeared on the show, is the president of TLC Tugger, a company that invents, manufactures and sells stretching devices that help men partially restore or “regrow” the skin removed during circumcision.
At the end of the segment featuring Low, which took place during Genital Integrity Awareness Week 2011, Low asked Stern if he would be willing to sign the book he brought to the studio, explaining he would sell it and donate the proceeds to Intact America, a charitable organization that is working to educate the public about the harms of infant circumcision.
Howard Stern often discusses the wrongfulness of male infant circumcision on his talk show, which is known for its unsophisticated humor, sexually explicit discussions and honesty. Recently, on the November 3rd show, Stern called the biblical story of Abraham and Issac--the basis for religious Jewish circumcision--a “bubbe-meise,” which is Yiddish for “grandmother’s tale” or, as is said in English, old wives’ tale. Stern’s co-host Robin Quivers chimed in: “Why would God make a foreskin and ask you to cut it off?”
Low says he was delighted to make his second trip to Howard Stern's show in March. "Howard heard my pitch [about the benefits of foreskin restoration] and concluded that he couldn't be bothered to restore himself. He nonetheless applauded efforts to protect infants by making forced genital cutting illegal,” Low says.
Along with helping to raise a little money for the anti-circumcision cause this holiday season, Howard Stern is also raising money for the North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. Stern’s wife, Beth Ostrovsky Stern, has put together the 2012 Animal League Calendar, which features photos of her with adorable animals. Howard Stern is the photographer.
For more details about the book I Want My Foreskin for Giftmas that is being auctioned, visit the E-bay site. Hurry soon! The auction concludes on December 12. To purchase the Sterns' North Shore Animal League America calendar, or to contribute to that organization, visit their web site.